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Daily Postcard: Goblin Rocks In Ponderosa

on October 20, 2017 - 8:02am

Daily Postcard: Mysterious scene at Goblin Rocks near Ponderosa. Photo by Bob Freeman

PED Tweaks Proposed Science Education Standards

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm
Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski addresses the crowd during a reception Oct. 10 at the LAPS School Board Meeting Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) appeared to backpedal Tuesday on proposed changes to the New Mexico Science Education Standards, which are at odds with the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

New Mexico would be the 19th state to adopt the Standards.

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Single Vehicle Crash Near High School

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm

A single vehicle crash, reported to be minor, occurred late this afternoon in front of Los Alamos High School on Diamond Drive. Courtesy photo

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 19, 2017 - 4:41pm

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Thank You For Your Service

on October 19, 2017 - 4:29pm
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

In Spring 2000 I went on a bit of a shopping spree at the Dillard’s 70 percent off end-of-season sale. I bought new North Face ski jackets for the whole family—two adults and three teenagers. I spent hundreds of dollars, but I saved over a thousand dollars and I thought it was a great deal -- and we would no longer have to sport our trendy ‘80s color-block ski gear we had been wearing for years (yeah!).

Giddy with excitement, I hid the new jackets in the back of the coat closet until I had an appropriate moment to share the joyous news of my tremendous

On The Job In Los Alamos: Animal Clinic of Los Alamos

on October 19, 2017 - 4:12pm

On the job in Los Alamos are Julie Kliesch DVM and Veterinary Technician Will Finn during a wellness checkup with 9-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Tyrone today at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos at 127-B Eastgate Dr. Tyrone is the well known newshound associated with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Community Winds Open Season With Fall Concert Saturday

on October 19, 2017 - 3:57pm
The Los Alamos Community Winds performed Oct. 13 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Community Winds will open the 2017-2018 Season with its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at White Rock Baptist Church (80 N.M. 4). All Community Winds concerts are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

“This concert includes a variety of music that allows individual solo moments,” Winds Artistic Director Ted Vives said.

The concert will celebrate the centenary of influential American composer Leonard Bernstein with a

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Gateway To Holidays Arts & Crafts Fair Oct. 21 Part 2

on October 19, 2017 - 3:54pm

Painting by Susan E. Roden. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The Fuller Lodge Art Center is holding its 37th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.

This fair is completely full with more than 60 booths of everything from glasswork, woodwork, paintings, clothing, photography, and so much more to choose from! Get your holiday shopping done early this month!

There are a lot of returning vendors as well as brand new artists who will have their work on display.

Russ and Cande Toner

It was actually a chance

LASCU Celebrates International Credit Union Day

on October 19, 2017 - 3:52pm

Los Alamos Schools Credit Union staff serves a barbecue lunch to members today at their 1900 Diamond Dr. location in celebration of International Credit Union Day. From left, CEO Matt Schmidt, Loan Officer Bethany Hayward, Member Service Representative Robin Desjardins and Executive Vice President Diane Smith. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LASCU Executive Vice President Diane Smith chats with credit members during today's barbecue lunch. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A crowd begins to gather for a barbecue lunch served by Matt Schmidt and Bethany Hayward today at Los

Reminder: NM 4 Full Road Closure Begins 9 p.m. Friday For 24 Hours

on October 19, 2017 - 3:33pm

Courtesy/DPU

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will close a section of N.M. 4 between East Jemez Road and N.M. 502 (main hill) to all traffic.

The full road closure will be in effect for a 24-hour period beginning at 9 p.m. Friday Oct. 20 through 9 p.m. Saturday Oct. 21 to permit crews to safely install a large diameter water pipeline. East Jemez Road or the Truck Route will remain open at all times.

Friday evening and Saturday traffic traveling from Santa Fe to White Rock will be detoured through the townsite west on Trinity Drive, south on

Hilltopper Golf Continues To Shine

on October 19, 2017 - 3:26pm

Los Alamos Boy’s Golf Team with their first place trophy. Courtesy photo


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos boy’s and girl’s golf teams continued their impressive seasons at the Arroyo del Oso golf course on Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.

Girl’s Golf

The Los Alamos girl’s golf team picked up another top three finish at the La Cueva and Highland High School combined invitational.

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Cobb: United Way Community Action Fund – Cost-effective And Comprehensive Way To Help Our Neighbors In Northern New Mexico

on October 19, 2017 - 3:14pm
By DON COBB
Adjunct Board Member
United Way of Northern New Mexico

My involvement with the United Way of Northern New Mexico has evolved in stages. For many years I contributed as a lab employee because it was convenient through payroll deductions, and it seemed like the right thing to do. But I really didn’t understand where my money was going or how it was being distributed. Then one day in 2005, two colleagues who were on the United Way board invited me to attend a meeting. The hook was set.

I was invited to serve out the remaining term of a board member who was stepping down.

LANL Scientists, Engineers Receive 2017 Fellows Prizes

on October 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Laboratory Fellows Prize recipients from top left,Tess Light, Nikolai Sinitsyn and Harshini Mukundan. Bottom, from left: Eric Flynn and Brian Albright. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Flynn, Mukundan, Sinitsyn, Albright and Light honored for outstanding research, leadership

Five Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been awarded the Laboratory’s prestigious Fellows Prize in the areas of science or engineering research and leadership: Eric Flynn, Harshini Mukundan and Nikolai Sinitsyn were awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Research, and Brian Albright and Tess Light were awarded

New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico

Boy Scouts Annual Cub Scout Push Mobile Results

on October 19, 2017 - 10:53am
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BSA News:
 
The Sangre De Cristo District of Boy Scouts of America held their annual cub scout push mobile Oct. 14 near Ashley Pond.
 
Cubs from several local packs including 20, 22, 222, 422 and 522 participated. Packs furnished their own pushcarts to race against each other in four person teams. The teams battled each other on a cone lined course. Victors enjoyed donuts and juice afterwards.
 
Results:
 
Wolves and Tigers
Team Doom Riders - 3:05.42
Team Banana Cookies - 3:12.52
Team Wolfies - 4:06.13
Team Juno – 5:57.11*
 
Bears
Team No

DOJ: First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers Of Deadly Fentanyl And Other Opiates

on October 19, 2017 - 10:50am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed Oct. 17, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 
 
The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors of fentanyl and other opiate substances to be designated as Consolidated Priority

Los Alamos High School Key Club Bake Sale Oct. 20

on October 19, 2017 - 10:49am

Los Alamos High School Key Club will be running a bake sale in the lobby of LANB 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The money they raise will go to the African Library Project. Recently, as part of the African Library Project, high schoolers have made efforts to collect 1,000 books to create a library for a girls school in Kenya. Every school in the district also plans to reach this goal, in an effort organized and spearheaded by former teacher Sharon Allen. The money that the Key Clubbers raise at the bake sale will go to the shipping costs for the books.

UNM-LA Hosts Tri-city Piano Competition Saturday

on October 19, 2017 - 10:47am
Dr. Tzufeng Liu
 
UNM-LA News:
 
The UNM-LA campus will host a significant New Mexico youth piano competition from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, when 28 contestants ranging in age from six-to sixteen years old will descend on the campus from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas.
 
The Los Alamos public is cordially invited to the competition throughout the day. Additionally, at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon the Winners from the competition can all be heard in recital. As part of UNM-LA’s continuing public service mission, both events are FREE and open to the public.
 

County: Community Vision For Tourism Public Forum

on October 19, 2017 - 10:39am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County residents are invited to attend and give input at a Community Vision for Tourism Public Forum 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Fuller Lodge.

The presentation begins at 6:10 p.m. with community input provided via keypad polling devices with instant results.

Purpose: Community members will learn about the Tourism Strategic Plan input direction received to date and the focus areas and goals derived from this input. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas for the action items by visiting four separate stations.

LANL’s Aditya Mohite Receives 2017 Resnick Award

on October 19, 2017 - 6:51am

Resnick Institute Director Jonas Peters, left, presents the 2017 Resnick Award to LANL’s Aditya Mohite. Courtesy photo 

Caltech’s Director of Sustainability Programs John Onderdonk with Symposium Speakers Scott Jasechko and LANL’s Aditya Mohite. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aditya Mohite of Los Alamos National Laboratory received the 2017 Resonate Award at a special reception following the 2017 Resnick Young Investigators Symposium at Caltech.

“I am flattered with this honor that has been bestowed upon me and want to thank my

Last PEEC Co-founder Steps Down

on October 19, 2017 - 6:49am
 
PEEC Co-founder Michele Altherr stepped down from her position on the board earlier this month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
The idea for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) originated in 1999. That year, a community meeting was held to gauge people’s interest in establishing a nature center. At that meeting, 100 people showed up, including Michele Altherr. ​
 
“It really wowed people that this idea was something people were interested in,” she said.

Inspirational People: Keeping Magic Intact For Teen

on October 19, 2017 - 6:48am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

With Christmas arriving month after next I am reminded of an incident I encountered last year in the checkout line at Smith’s.

A teenage boy whose eyes sparkled with that Christmas Eve magic was emptying his cart onto the conveyor belt. Gifts for the family, snacks and a holiday cake moved toward the checker. I remember thinking how excited and proud he appeared. I wondered if this was his first year working, making money to treat his parents and siblings to a Christmas celebration.

He beamed as he inserted his shiny new

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Today

on October 19, 2017 - 6:43am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today 19 in Suite 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda: 
1. CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the Sept. 21, 2017, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: John Bliss
5. BOARD BUSINESS
  • Eco Station Night Sky Cooling Technology Presenters: Anthony Strain and John Bliss
  • Review and Discuss the Environmental Sustainability Plan Presenters: Angelica Gurule
  • Eco

County Files Petition In Sherman Dog Case

on October 19, 2017 - 6:37am

COURT News:

A petition to adjudicate two dogs belonging to Leslie Sherman of White Rock as dangerous has been filed in First Judicial Court by Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart.

Sherman was charged in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April with two counts of keeping an animal known to be vicious and likely to attack human beings. The charges were in connection with the Mar. 29 death of a small dog at an Acoma Lane home. At that time, Sherman’s dogs were seized and kept at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

In May, the criminal charges against Sherman were dismissed and a civil complaint

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

on October 19, 2017 - 6:33am
NPS News:
 
Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects this week. The prescribed burn are within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
 
The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National Park Service officials hope to decrease the potential for future high-intensity fires by

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